“A singletrack trail through shady tree groves and sunny hilltops.
— David Deliz
Following a period of rain the mud on the first half of this trail will attempt to suction your shoes from your feet or cause traction loss that might result in a fall. With careful stride placement, you can usually dodge the majority of the dense paste.
Seven Springs is used as part of the Fremont Older Open Space Loop
The first part of this trail descends a constant downward grade that will incite speedy leg revolutions that, if left untempered, can cause runners to experience difficulty tracking their stride and result in exciting disorientation.
You plunge below the tree canopy feeling grateful for the reprieve from the beating sun and weave toward the bottom of a small valley, passing some natural springs that sometimes trickle across the trail. At the floor you'll arrive at an intersection with Ranch Road
, just cross straight over, relish the final bit of shade and continue on Seven Springs as it races back uphill and straight into the furnace.
Be sure to run with water, as a hot day out here can dehydrate you quickly in these exposed areas. Seven springs does not relent after this turn upward; it continues to steadily gain elevation, with only the briefest of level sections to encourage your resilience, and culminates in the terrain grade zenith of this run, which upon first glance might appear slightly intimidating for those just getting into running.
This is Hunter's Point, which technically is not on the Seven Springs Trail but on an off-shooting segment called Woodhills Loop Trail
. Catch your breath here and continue the Fremont Older Open Space Loop